Pigmentation & The Best Treatments

Pigmentation is skin discolouration, taking the form of pink, red, brown or even purple-looking marks, patches, or splotches on the skins surface, most commonly appearing on the neck, face and décolletage. The route cause of pigmentation is a substance called Melanin (a pigment giving skin its colour), which is produced by skin cells called melanocytes. Various factors or conditions can alter melanin production in the body, and cause skin discolouration (pigmentation), such as sun exposure, inflammation and injury, or hormone imbalances.

While some pigmentation types can fade over a long time, such as freckles or mild acne marks, most discoloration cases should be treated with advanced treatments and powerful active ingredients in order to obliterate the discolouration.

In this blog post we take you through the different pigmentation types and their causes, and the best treatments:

Sun Spots/Age Spots:

What is it: Sometimes called ‘age spots’ sun spots are flat and small and can be dark or light brown in colour. They usually develop on exposed areas such as the neck, chest, face and hands, and can darken with increased sun exposure. One  type of sunspot is freckles, commonly found among those with light-to-medium skin tones.

Cause: Sunspots are evidence of UV damage and can show years after the sun damage has been done.

Treatment(s): We recommend IPL to treat sunspots, which is a system of lasers and pulsed lights penetrating the skin to enhance the appearance, skin colour, skin tone and overall skin quality.

Acne Pigmentation: (Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation):

What is it: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is darker patches in the form of spots, marks and patches. Although the pigmentation can fade with time, as we mentioned, it can take several months or more for noticeable change.

Cause: This type of hyperpigmentation can be left behind after acne. To explain the details, hyperpigmentation, as we stated, arises when too much melanin is developed. In this case, the excess melanin production is usually the skins attempt to heal and protect itself after acne/blemishes.

Treatment(s): There are different options. Your skin specialist can recommend the best choice for you from a range of options, including the Mandeli Clear, PRP Therapy and Laser Skin Resurfacing, all explained below:

  • Mandeli Clear with the Vitamin A Accelerator from Circadia: This is a gentle, medium strength peel which penetrates deep within the layers of the skin, reducing melanocytes activity and stimulating new skin cells, resulting in a supressed appearance of hyperpigmentation. This peel additionally helps maintain your skins health and prevent further breakouts.
  • PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy): Also known as The Vampire Facial,’ the innovative treatment uses the healing process of your body to rejuvenate the skin. A small blood sample is taken and put within a centrifuge or device which spins at a high speed, allowing the platelets to separate from other components. The plasma comprising of platelets is then injected in the treatment area through the use of a very fine needle.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing : The advanced treatment uses an intense laser beam to vaporize damaged skin and encouraging new skin growth. As the energy beams come in contact with the skin, they can destroy clusters of hyperpigmentation.


What is it: With Melasma, the pigmentation shows as patches of skin being light-to-medium brown in colour, and typically develops on the face, including the sides of the face, cheeks, forehead, top of those, and above the lips.

Cause: Caused by hormone changes, Melasma can occur during pregnancy, when taking birth control, or other times of hormonal imbalance.

Treatment(s): We recommend Obagi Nu-Derm to treat heavy or stubborn Melasma pigmentation. The highly effective skin care system incorporates professional-grade lightening ingredients which work to avert melanin production and attain smoother, brighter skin. Alternatively, PRP Therapy (detailed above), can also be a highly effective for solution for Melasma pigmentation.

Which treatment is best for you?

To understand what pigmentation treatment is best for your skin needs, we advise arranging a consultation with a highly qualified aesthetic specialist, who will be able to advise the procedure for you.

At The Private Clinic we offer free consultations with our extensively qualified and experienced skin specialists, where we carefully configure the best solution for you. Our specialists will discuss your concerns with you, assess your skin needs, and recommend you a highly bespoke skin treatment plan. We value honesty and integrity and will only ever advise treatments that will be able to help you. Please note that we are also able to treat Asian skin suffering from pigmentation.

Skin Department at The Private Clinic in Harley Street London
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

The Private Clinic Skin Treatments

The Private Clinic presents top UK skin experts who achieve exceptional results for our clients and offer the highest standard of patient service, care and aftercare. As well as our pigmentation treatments described, our clinics offer an extensive portfolio of further specialist skin treatments addressing a variety of skin conditions and needs.

We offer skin treatments in our clinics nationwide, in the following locations: London, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Northampton and Leeds.

If you would like to book a free consultation at one of or clinics, with a highly qualified skin experts, concerning pigmentation treatment, or any other skin concern, please enquire via 0333 920 2471 or request a consultation on our website.

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Micro Dermabrasion Versus Other Skin Treatments

Looking for a renewed complexion? Microdermabrasion is a great, innovative treatment to refresh and brighten healthy skin. But it’s not the best option for every skin type. We discuss Micro Dermabrasion, who it’s best for, and treatments with similar benefits that are best for patients with different skin concerns.

What is Microdermabrasion? Mircodermabrasion is fantastic exfoliating treatment that gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, removing the dead skin cells and leaving it brighter and smoother. As a result of the renewed skin, you will find your daily products such as moisturiser or make up absorb better. And how does it work? A jet of micro crystals is vacuumed using a hand piece over the topmost surface of your skin called the stratum corneum, taking away the layer of damaged and dead cells.

Who is it best for? As we referred to, Micro Dermabrasion is a gentle exfoliator that brightens and renews skin, and evens out the skin tone, rather than being a ‘deep’ exfoliator, tackling skin concerns. So, Micro Dermabrasion is the best option for healthy skin that you are looking to brighten, revitalise and smooth. Alternatively, Micro Dermabrasion is a great top up treatment for your skin, after a treatment course, where you have achieved your desired results and are looking to maintain a good complexion.

For some skin types and cases, there are other ‘exfoliating’ alternatives to Micro Dermabrasion that would be more suitable, with the same benefits of renewal, and refreshed, brighter skin. For acne sufferers, in particular, micro dermabrasion can cause acne to spread, and other options can be much more helpful. Let’s take a look at some alternatives, Chemical Peels and the Cocoa Enzyme Faial.

Chemical Peels: If you have active acne, pigmentation, or are looking to tackle ageing concerns, chemical exfoliation (a chemical peel) could be a better choice for you for exfoliating, and brightening up the skin. While Micro Dermabrasion exfoliates the top of the skin, a range of chemical peels can work deeper and be more specific to different skin concerns. Micro Dermabrasion is an introductory treatment, while a chemical peel is a more specified intense exfoliating process. And how does it work? Your skin is firstly thoroughly cleansed, and a chemical solution is carefully applied and left on the skin for a couple of minutes before removal.

Cocoa Enzyme Facial at The Private Clinic
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

Cocoa Enzyme Facial: The Cocoa Enzyme Facial refreshes and rejuvenates the skin while improving skin concerns and can be used on acne, ageing or sensitive skin. The treatment brightens and clarifies the complexion, while removing keratin build up. Particularly effective for acne skin, the Coco Enzyme facial calms and softens angry, red skin. And how does it work? The treatment is is applied to the neck and face, during the cleansing part of the facial, to clean the skin and soften comedones. The applied treatment is usually timed for approximately 8-12 minutes.

Skin Treatments at The Private Clinic

We offer state-of-the-art skin departments in our clinics nationwide, offering top aesthetic specialists, who are highly qualified and experienced in performing an expansive range of advanced skin treatments. Each clinic offers free consultations with our specialists, in which you can be recommended a customised treatment plan for your unique skin needs.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our skin specialists, regarding treatments such as Micro Dermabrasion, Chemical Peels and the Cocoa Enzyme Peel to boost and refresh your skin, or any other skin concerns or treatments, please get in touch via 0333 920 2471 or request a consultation on our website. Our Skin Departments are available in The Private Clinic Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Northampton, Buckinghamshire and London.

If you are suffering with and are looking to target pigmentation (skin discolouration), we offer a range of highly effective pigmentation treatments in addition to Chemical Peels,  including: IPL, PRP Therapy, Laser Skin Resurfacing and Obagi Nu-Derm. If you are struggling with and looking to address acne scarring specifically, we also offer further specialist treatments, including Dermaroller and the Pixel Laser. You can arrange a free consultation one of our aesthetic specialists will be able to assess your pigmentation type or acne and best treatment(s) for you.

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Varicose Vein Removal London Harley Street

Varicose veins most commonly appear on the legs and can be painful and cause swelling in the ankles. Varicose veins are caused by the walls of the vein becoming stretched and losing their elasticity properties. This then results in the valves within your veins malfunctioning causing blood to flow backwards and collect within the vein. They often present themselves as bulging or lumpy veins that are often blue or purple in colour.

In severe cases, varicose veins can cause patients to experience cramping, aches, itching, pain, swelling or marking of the skin. Patients often comment on their varicose veins appearing worse after standing for long periods of time or extended activity like walking.

At our dedicated varicose vein clinic in London Harley Street we have a range of treatments to help patients suffering from large or small varicose veins.

  • EVLA or Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins uses laser heat to collapse the wall of the vein stopping the cause of the problem. EVLA is actually the NICE Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins and has a success rate after five years of 95.4%
  • VenaSeal is a treatment that uses medical adhesive to secure and close varicose veins and is great for needle-phobic patients as it often only requires a single injection per vein. In the majority of VenaSeal cases you will also not be required to wear compression garments so you will be able to return to your daily activities relatively quickly.
  • Sclerotherapy uses liquid or foam to coat the vein wall causing inflammation which pushes the blood out of the area and causes the vein to bond together. Sclerotherapy is a great treatment for smaller varicose veins but a foam treatment can also be used for larger veins if required.
  • Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes varicose veins that are close to the surface with a small needle or scalpel. It provides an instant relief from bulging veins as they are removed from the body entirely.

All varicose vein consultations at our London Harley street clinic will be with a consultant vascular surgeon and include a free ultrasound scan. Our surgeons include;

Mr Dynesh Rittoo – An expert in all major arterial reconstruction and treatment of all aspects of venous disease including EVLA and VenaSeal.

Mr Constantinos Kyriakides – A pioneer of the EVLA treatment, Mr Kyriakides is highly experienced in varicose vein treatments including pelvic congestion treatment.

Every patient’s varicose vein treatment will be slightly different as there is always more than one way of treating them. Our surgeons will be able to discuss with you in detail the different treatment options available and work out the best course of treatment for you.

“I met with Mr Rittoo who immediately made me feel at ease. He explained the procedure and that it’s a fairly simple and quick – It’s walk-in, walk-out so minimal drama around it.  I am really delighted when I look at my leg and no longer see the varicose vein there that made me feel so insecure. I can’t wait until next summer when the small incision marks that remain will hopefully be all healed and I can wear shorts without feeling like an awkward turtle.  I would 100% return to The Private Clinic for the same treatment again and would trust them to take good care of me for that second leg.”

Our specialist vein clinic in London Harley Street is in an ideal location for travelling from surrounding areas such as Fitzrovia, Hyde Park, Chelsea, Bayswater, Marylebone, Knightsbridge, Green Park, St Johns Wood, Notting Hill, Soho, Regents Park, Primrose Hill, Victoria, Mayfair, Holland Park, Kensington, Fulham, Battersea, South Kensington, West End, Holland Park, Earls Court, West End and Belgravia. We also have patients coming from much further afield such as Richmond, Wimbledon, Chiswick, Putney. Patients travelling from overseas are also most welcome.

Thread Vein Removal

It is not just varicose veins that we treat at our Harley Street varicose vein clinic, we also treat thread veins. Thread veins are similar to varicose veins but are usually smaller and located closer to the surface of the skin. Thread veins are most common on the thighs and ankles and usually start of red and colour but as they become bigger they may change to purple or green. Treatments for thread veins at The Private Clinic include sclerotherapy or laser treatments such as the Cutera CoolGlide which directs intense light at thread veins which then causes the blood within them to coagulate and divert back into veins located deeper below the surface of the skin. To find out more about Thread Veins click here.

Learn more about our advanced varicose vein treatments on our website which offers varicose vein before and after photospatient stories, our responses to varicose vein FAQ’s and more. To request a varicose vein consultation at our London Harley Street Clinic please get in touch on 0333 920 2471 or click here.

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6 Myths about Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery is a procedure that helps to correct the appearance of a lump that sticks out the side of your foot, usually on the edge of your big toe.  Surgery is the only way to fully treat a bunion but it is often avoided from due to associations of long periods of downtime, the need for crutches, scarring and pain.

At The Private Clinic we are able to offer an exclusive minimally invasive bunion correction surgery that is not available anywhere else in the UK. There is no other bunion correction operation like this one which enables to patients to be back on their feet straight after their procedure with no need for crutches.  To find out more about our bunion correction surgery click here.

Our bunion correction procedure is able to make 6 of the most common statements about bunions a complete myth!

Bunions can return after bunion correction surgery

It is very uncommon for a bunion to grow back after bunion correction surgery however it is possible. If your bunions were to come back after surgery it would not be referred to as the bunion ‘growing back’ but more the bunion reoccurring due to the structure of your foot.

In the vast majority of cases, patients who undergo bunion correction surgery are able to live a bunion-free life well into the future. At The Private Clinic our expert surgeon will tailor your surgical procedure for your particular bunion to greatly reduce any need for revision surgery at a later date.

Bunion surgery is very painful

All types of cosmetic surgery come with a certain amount of pain but no pain should be felt during the procedure. Bunion Correction procedures at The Private Clinic are performed under local anaesthetic and sedation if required. You may experience some post-op pain, but this is not known to be any more severe than any other type of surgery and is well managed with pain medication provided to you after your procedure to go home with.

Bunion surgery involves a long period of downtime

Traditionally bunion surgery has always required a substantial amount of downtime. We are now able to offer a minimally invasive bunion removal surgical procedure that is available exclusively at The Private Clinic. Our minimally invasive technique has been inspired by keyhole surgery and doesn’t require the use of any fixative devices such as screws, plates or wires. Patients are able to walk immediately with no crutches and get back to their everyday activities much quicker than traditional bunion removal surgery.

Bunion surgery causes unsightly scars

All surgical procedures will involve scarring but our minimally invasive procedure uses minimal incisions that results in minimal scarring that does not require stitches.

You will need crutches after bunion correction surgery

Bunion correction surgery in the past has resulted in patients needing to use crutches after their procedure and the time they are required has varied between a few days to weeks. Bunion correction surgery at The Private Clinic is an exclusive minimally invasive procedure that allows patients to walk without crutches immediately after the surgery. Patients who have had bunion surgery with us are able to return to their everyday activities much sooner than they initially thought they would be able to making it perfect for those with a busy lifestyle.

If your bunion isn’t painful you can’t fix it

If you were to have bunion surgery through the NHS then it is often a requirement that the bunion is causing you pain to even be considered for surgery. Bunion surgery at The Private Clinic is available to anyone who feels uncomfortable with the appearance of their bunion or hammer toe.

Why choose The Private Clinic for Bunion Removal Surgery?

  • Exclusive to The Private Clinic in the UK, there is no other operation like this one.
  • Bunion Removal Surgery is performed under local anaesthesia using keyhole techniques.
  • This is the only natural operation with no metal fixtures such as wires or screws being used.
  • There is a 98% success rate following the bunion operation
  • Mr Bianchi, an expert in his field has been carrying out bunion operations for 15 years
  • Dr Bianchi carries out on average 1,700 bunion operations a year
  • You will be able to bear weight on your foot shortly after surgery when advised to by your surgeon
  • No need for an overnight stay
  • Minimal post-operative pain and aftercare.
  • Treatment carried out in our state of the art London Fitzroy hospital
  • 24 hour patient helpline direct to your nursing team and surgeon, which means should you have any concern we are here to help.
  • Dedicated post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team. We are here to give you the best experience.
  • Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound confidence.

For more information or to book a consultation please call us on 0333 920 2471 or click here.

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New Boob Jobs

The world of cosmetic surgery is constantly changing and new advances in techniques and surgical options are always appearing. Breast enlargement surgery has come a long way since the first silicone breast implants were used for breast augmentation surgery in 1962.

So what’s new?

The top breast enlargement developments

At The Private Clinic we like to be at the forefront of new developments and we pride ourselves on being able to offer the most advanced procedures performed by the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons.

Post-Pain Management

One of the biggest drawbacks of all types of surgery not just breast augmentation is the pain management post-procedure. Our surgeons all use a technique in surgery that helps patients manage their pain without the need for continuous pain-relief medication. A long lasting local anaesthetic is used within the breast pocket and along the incision line to ensure that the patient wakes up pain free. This local anaesthetic is different to the one that you may have experienced at your dentist for example where it wears over after a few hours. Bupidcane can last for up to 72 hours post-surgery meaning that initial period pain will be dramatically reduced. This method may be referred to as honeycomb pain relief but this just refers to the pattern that is created in the molecule make-up of this drug.  You should still expect a certain degree of soreness post-op but it has definitely improved from how it once was in the past.

Gummy Bear Breast Implants

Gummy bear implants are actually nothing new here in the UK but through internet research across American websites and chat forums many patients come in asking for this particular type of implant.

Silicone implants were actually banned in the USA in 1992 meaning all breast augmentations were performed with saline implants. In 2006 the ban on silicone gel implants was finally lifted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It was then in 2012 that Gummy bear implants made an appearance in the USA breast implant market.

Gummy bear implants are cohesive silicone gel implants which, when you have a breast implant procedure in the UK, you will most likely be offered as standard. It is not common for saline implant to be used in the UK market.

The USA named the implants gummy bear implants because of the thick gel that is described to being similar to gummy bear sweets and if you were to cut the implant in half for example, it would keep its form. The term gummy bear implants were a marketing tool to help describe the advanced silicone implant technology which has only been around for over 30 years in the UK.

Quick Recovery Times

Surgery is always associated with long recovery times and a lot of time spent in bed. Breast Augmentation these days however is a relatively quick procedure that allows patients to return to almost all of their everyday activities within a week. Although performing on stage 4 days post breast augmentation like Iggy Azalea may not be a realistic goal, it is important to remember that everyone heals differently so you should not be comparing yourself against others recovery times. Breast augmentation at The Private Clinic does not require drains and many patients do not require extensive amounts of post-operative pain killers.  The anaesthesia used during the procedure has also changed from the nausea inducing anaesthetics from the past. Many patients are up and about shortly after their procedure has taken place and suffer no side effects. The combination of all the new techniques has created a breast augmentation procedure that is quick to both perform and recover from.

Keller Funnel

The Keller funnel was developed in 2009 and it has proved itself to be a revolutionary bit of equipment for enhanced efficiency during breast implant surgery.  The Keller Funnel is a clear, cone-shaped device and looks like an icing bag with a large opening at one end and then a small opening at the opposite end called the tip. The breast pocket is prepared to receive the implant as normal before the implant is then poured into the top of the Keller funnel.  The tip of the Keller funnel is then placed into the prepared breast pocket using a small incision in the crease of the breast and by gently squeezing the funnel it slides the implant straight out of the funnel and safely into the breast.

There are many benefits to using a Keller funnel  for breast augmentation which include;

  1. Shorter incision scar which can be hidden within the natural breast crease.
  2. Reduced risk of infection as the implant does not come into contact with anyone or anything other than the funnel and the breast.
  3. Minimal trauma to the breast implant as the implant is smoothly inserted into the breast pocket with minimal squeezing and pressure meaning it is likely to last longer.
  4. Minimal trauma to the incision site as the amount force placed into this area is reduced which will lessen the risk of bruising and shorten recovery times.
  5. Reduced risk of capsular contracture which in some cases may be caused by the implant touching the patient’s skin before being inserted into the breast pocket. The no-touch technique will reduce the risk of scar tissue forming.

Our surgeons enjoy the ease of using the Keller funnel and our medical director and consultant plastic surgeon Mr Adrian Richards said he routinely uses the Keller funnel device after being so impressed with it. It has been one of the best developments in breast augmentation and certainly something to enquire about when visiting surgeons for consultations.

Why Choose The Private Clinic for Breast Augmentation?

  • We provide a 10 year warranty with £1000 towards your surgical costs.
  • Highly skilled expert Cosmetic surgeons, see our before and after results here.
  • Dedicated post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team, including a 24 hour help line.
  • We offer you a three-year aftercare breast cover.
  • The Private Clinic covers a lifetime guarantee on your implant.
  • We have state of the art hospital facilities.
  • Giving you the best results and patient care is our priority. Click here to read our patient stories.

To find out more about breast enlargement surgery at The Private Clinic call 0333 920 2471 or click here to request a consultation with one of our specialist breast surgeons.

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The low down on Tribal Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair covers two different types of surgery to fix either split earlobes or tribal earlobes. Split earlobes are where the ear has been pierced and the piercing hole has split, a tribal earlobe is where the patient has purposefully stretched their piercing hole in their earlobe bigger to fit ear plugs.

There has been a recent rise in patients considering earlobe repair surgery; often because they were not aware it even exists. Earlobe repair surgery is a very simple procedure performed under local anaesthetic meaning your earlobes that you have been hiding away are instantly repaired and back to normal within a couple of weeks.

Split Earlobes

What causes split earlobes?

Split earlobes are usually caused by frequent wearing of heavy earrings. In some cases a traumatic event such as the earring being pulled or caught causes a tear in the earlobe. Overtime you may notice your earrings not sitting how they used to and on closer inspection the start of a tear may be visible.

How easy can you repair split earlobes?

Split earlobe repair is a very simple technique; any excess tissue is removed before the two sides are stitched together with dissolvable stiches. It usually takes around 15-20 minutes per ear to perform and the downtime is minimal with many returning to work the next day.

Can I have surgery under general anaesthetic?

Split earlobe repair is a very minor procedure so it is usually carried out under local anaesthetic which many patients prefer. You will not feel any pain during the procedure which will usually be completed within 30-40 minutes if you are having both ears treated. If you would prefer to be asleep during your surgery then general anaesthetic can be used but this would need to be discussed with your surgeon.

Will I be able to wear earrings again after surgery?

You will be able to re-pierce your ears after split ear correction surgery but we do recommend that you wait 2-3 months before getting them re-pierced and that you avoid piercing them in the area of the scar.

Tribal Earlobes

What are tribal earlobes?

Tribal earlobes are when the hole of a traditional ear piercing is excessively stretched to create a permanent hole in the lobe of the ear. Although the act of stretching earlobes is nothing new with it originating thousands of years back with ancient tribes and civilizations as part of their culture, religion, to enhance their beauty and for traditional purposes. It has become popular in modern western culture for people of all ages and genders to stretch their earlobes as fashion.

How are tribal earlobes repaired?

During a tribal earlobe repair a section of ear tissue is removed and the two loose ends are then stitched together. It is important to see someone who is experienced in tribal earlobe repair that is able to precisely recreate the curve of your earlobe to avoid any unnatural looking lumps or bumps.

Does Tribal Earlobe repair hurt?

Tribal earlobe surgery is performed under a local anaesthetic and you should not feel any pain throughout the procedure. The procedure takes around 15-20 minutes per ear depending on the size of the lobe to be corrected and many patients are able to return to work the next day.

Will I be able to pierce my ear again after surgery?

You will be able to pierce your ear again after tribal ear repair surgery but we do recommend that you firstly wait 2-3 months, don’t pierce in the area of the scar and that you refrain from stretching them again as your ear will be weaker. The scar on your ear will become unnoticeable over time meaning in the majority of cases many tribal earlobe patients choose not to re-pierce post-surgery.

Why choose The Private Clinic?

Everybody’s ears are different and ears can stretch and rip differently which means choosing a qualified plastic surgeon to restore your ears means you have a much better chance at achieving a natural shape and appearance again.

We have over 35 years of experience in the aesthetics industry and know how little imperfections like split or tribal earlobes can become bothersome over time. We are able to provide you with some of the best specialised Plastic Surgeons to ensure that you receive the best care available.

Where can I have ear repair surgery?

Earlobe repair consultations are available at our Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, London, Buckinghamshire and Northampton clinics. Surgery will take place in one of our in-clinic theaters or at our state of the art hospital in London Fitzroy Square.

If you would like to find out more about earlobe repair surgery please call 0333 920 2471 or click here.

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Glasgow Varicose Vein Clinic near me

Looking into varicose vein treatment? Our Glasgow Clinic offers a comprehensive selection of modern varicose vein removal treatments, by our leading Consultant Vascular Surgeon, expert in minimally invasive vein treatments, with years of experience.

Glasgow Vein Clinic

Highly effective varicose vein removal procedures at our Glasgow Clinic are conducted by our outstanding Consultant Vascular Surgeon Mr Dynesh Rittoo, who is highly regarded in the industry. Extensively experienced, Dr Rittoo has undertaken more than 1,150 vein procedures with The Private Clinic to date. A member of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Dr Rittoo has expertise in treating all venous disease aspects with emphasis on modern advanced techniques.

Our Glasgow Clinic offers you state-of-the-art facilities and a comfortable environment, as well as a convenient location. Just off Glasgow City Centre, our clinic at 11 Park Circus,Glasgow G3 6AX lies within close reach of Kelvindale, Kelvinside, Knightswood, Hillhead, Hyndland, Jordanhill, Shawlands, Strathbungo, Partick, Park District, Linthouse, Milngavie, Bearsden, Newlands, Mount Florida, and Mansewood.

Your Vein Treatment Options

Before and After EVLA and Phlebectomy with The Private Clinic
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

We provide four different minimally invasive, ‘walk-in-walk-out’ options for varicose vein treatment: EVLA, Sclerotherapy, Phlebectomy and VenaSeal, which we explain in more detail (below). All treatments use local anaesthetic, take up to one hour to complete do not involve large surgical incisions. We are able to recommend and use the best procedure for your individual needs, having a broad spectrum of treatments, and we also tailor our treatments to you.

Your Consultant Vascular Surgeon will advise the most suitable technique, or combination of techniques, in your case, from the below treatments, after detailed assessment including an ultrasound scan:

Before and After ELVA with The Private Clinic
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  • EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation): Ultrasound technology is used to pinpoint the damaged vein, before laser heat is used to break down the veins wall and destroy the varicose veins from the inside
  • Sclerotherapy: A chemical, known as a ‘sclerosing agent’ is injected into the varicose vein, to destroy its internal lining, causing it to close and eventually shrink and disappear
  • Phlebectomy: In Phlebectomy treatment, very small incisions are made, through which a hook is inserted, and hooked onto an area of the affected vein. The vein is subsequently removed and with incisions being so miniscule that no stitches are required
  • VenaSeal: Known as the “superglue” treatment, VenaSeal is a closure system, in which safe medical adhesive is injected into the affected vein in order to seal it. Once the vein is sealed, the blood is re-routed to nearby healthy veins and the original varicose vein is absorbed by your body

Seeking Thread Vein Treatment instead?

Our Glasgow Clinic also offers options for thread vein treatment, the best treatment for you being dependent on your case. These include Sclerothapy and Cutera CoolGlide. Although sclerotherapy can be used to treat varicose veins, it is also largely recommended for thread veins. To treat thread veins, the veins or capillaries affected are injected with a scelorising agent (as used in varicose vein treatment), causing the vein walls to become sticky, and meaning blood cannot pass through. Without blood moving through the vein, the capillaries collapse and are absorbed by the body, while disappearing gradually from view. In the Cutera CoolGuide treatment, pulses of light energy are directed at the veins, leading the blood inside the veins to coagulate and reroute to deeper veins. The affected thread vein is eventually absorbed by the body.

Why select The Private Clinic Glasgow for your Varicose Vein treatment?

  • Walk-in walk-out, competitively priced treatments
  • We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments to date
  • Present highly acclaimed Consultant Vascular Surgeon Dr Rittoo, with extensive experience and expertise in all of our varicose vein treatments
  • All procedures performed using local anaesthetic in state-of-the-art in-house clinical facilities, and are completed in under one hour, so you can return home shortly after
  • No lengthy recovery or downtime
  • We aim to tackle the problems cause, which is why we provide a free ultrasound scan in consultations (usually costing between £350 and £450 at most centres and private hospitals)

 “Fantastic Couldn’t recommend the Glasgow Clinic , surgeons and staff highly enough. I went to them after years of looking for somewhere to deal with my varicose vein problem , and I couldn’t have wish for better. I was made to feel at ease , safe and was confident that after the consultation I would be pain free. I have a terrible phobia of needles so the non invasive procedure was prefect. Honestly fantastic from start to finish.” Justin, Varicose Vein Treatment Patient

“EVLA and Ambulatory Phlebectomy for Varicose Veins Excellent service and customer care from Mr Rittoo, Stefanie and all the team at The Private Clinic, Glasgow. I’m delighted with the results. A quick, efficient and pain free treatment. Wish I had done it sooner as I can now show off my legs after years of hiding them.” Joanne, Varicose Vein Treatment Patient

Learn more about our advanced varicose vein treatments on our website which offers varicose vein before and after photos, patient stories, our responses to varicose vein FAQ’s and more. To request a varicose vein consultation at our Glasgow Clinic please get in touch on 0333 920 2471 or you can do so via our website.

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Bristol Varicose Veins Clinic Near Me

Are you looking to have your varicose vein(s) removed? Our Bristol Clinic offers a range of advanced, highly effective varicose vein treatments, which are non-surgical with minimal downtime. Dedicated to excellence, all of our vein treatments are performed by only expert highly qualified Consultant Vascular Surgeons who have years of experience.

Varicose Vein Clinic Bristol

A range of advanced, popular Varicose Vein Treatments are available in our state-of-the-art Bristol Clinic, with our expert, highly experienced Consultant Vascular Surgeons Mr. Rajiv Pathak and Mr Charles Ranaboldo. Located in the Clifton area, The Private Clinic in Bristol can be found at 92c Whiteladies Road,Bristol BS8 2QN, and is easily commutable from several surrounding areas which includes: Kingsdown,  Leigh Woods, Totterdown, Bedminster, Cotham, Redcliffe, Portishead, Henleaze, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Almondsbury, Redland, St Pauls Bristol, St Phillips Bristol, Westbury on Trym, Bath, Clevedon, Downend, Frenchay and Hambrook.

What Vein Treatments are available?

Before and After EVLA and Phlebectomy with The Private Clinic
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

We present non-surgical, walk-in-walk-out varicose vein removal solutions, without the lengthy downtime; which we are able to offer to 99% of visiting patients.  Suited to different varicose vein cases, our varicose vein treatment portfolio includes EVLA (EndoVenous Laser Ablation), Sclerotherapy, Phlebectomy and VenaSeal.  Your Consultant Vascular Surgeon will advise the best treatment, or perhaps combination of treatments, for you after detailed assessment, including an ultrasound of the affected area, which we provide free to all of our patients. Please see each of our treatments detailed below:

Before and After EVLA and Foam Sclerotherapy with The Private Clinic
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

EVLA: Performed under local anaesthetic, EVLA uses ultrasound technology to locate the affected vein, before using laser heat in order to collapse the veins wall and target the cause of the problem. Recommended by NICE, the treatment has a success rate of 95.4% after five years.

Sclerotherapy: In Sclerotherapy, a chemical is injected into the vein affected, which damages the varicose vein, causing it to close off, and then shrink and disappear. The treatment is available in liquid or foam form. Liquid sclerotherapy is suited to small veins which are not associated with underlying venous reflux while foam sclerotherapy is appropriate for larger varicose veins.

Before and After EVLA Treatment with The Private Clinic
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

Phlebectomy: The treatment involves the insertion of a hook into the affected area, through very small incisions, which is used to gently remove the varicose veins. The incisions made are so small that no stitches are needed.

VenaSeal: A closure system, VenaSeal varicose vein treatment uses a safe medical adhesive to seal the vein. A quick and painless treatment, VenaSeal offers shorter recovery and does not require patients to wear compression stockings after treatment.

Looking to treat Thread Veins instead?

Before and After Thread and Spider Vein Treatment with The Private Clinic
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

As well as our innovative varicose vein treatments we also offer solutions for thread veins, including Sclerotherapy and Cutera CoolGlide. In Sclerotherapy, the affected veins/capillaries are injected with a sclerosing agent resulting in the veins walls becoming sticky, and preventing blood from passing through. With no blood passing through the vein, the capillaries will collapse and become absorbed by the body, and gradually disappear from view. In the Cutera CoolGuide laser treatment, intense light is directed at the thread veins. This causes the blood in the veins to coalgulate, and divert back into veins found deeper below the skins surface. The previous thread vein is consequently gradually absorbed by the body.

Why choose The Private Clinic in Bristol for Varicose Vein Treatment?

  • We’re one of the UK’s Centres of Excellence for non-surgical, walk-in-walk-out vein treatments
  • We focus on the cause of your varicose veins and you will only ever by treated by a Consultant Vascular Surgeon
  • Our Consultant Vascular Surgeons are extensively trained and qualified and pioneers in the NICE recommended EVLA method
  • We have performed over 7,000 vein treatments to date
  • First class patient support and aftercare
  • Our treatments take one hour, you can return home shortly after

“I had an appointment with Mr.Ranaboldo for varicose veins at the Private Clinic in Bristol .EVLA and phlebectomy procedure …,worth every penny ..,there is absolutely nothing to worry about ..,simply walk in walk out ..,clinic is very nice with professional people .I am very happy with results ,my BIG THANK YOU to Mr.Ranaboldo , to his young assistant and of course to Chantelle and other nice people on reception . If you have problems with varicose veins and you live in or near to Bristol ..,this place is for you..,this is all I can say. Sincerely Paul (Bristol).” Pavel, Varicose Vein Treatment Patient

“I found the whole experience extremely positive. I had an excellent reception on each visit . Staff were friendly and welcoming – the clinic looked good and the facilities were excellent. Care was taking at each stage of the procedure to explain what would happen and to ensure I was clear and happy. Mr Ranaboldo was amazing – thoroughly professional yet caring and compassionate – and we had great conversations – likewise Geraint the assistant nurse. I would recommend The Private Clinic to friends and family – in fact I have already done so !” Janet, Varicose Vein Treatment Patient

Find out more about varicose vein treatment at The Private Clinic on our website including varicose vein before and after photos, our answers to varicose vein FAQ’s, patient stories and more. To book a varicose vein consultation please call 0333 920 2471 or you can request a consultation via our website.

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How to choose the best liposuction doctor near me

Choosing a doctor for liposuction (also known as liposculpture or suction assisted lipectomy), is a daunting decision. Your safety is everything and you want to be confident you will be recommended the best possible treatment and changes for you.

We’re here to give you guidance on what you should research and look for when selecting the best doctor for your treatment…

  • Selecting a doctor with extensive experience performing liposuction who performs regular procedures, is your priority, for the safest and best results. If you choose a specific liposuction method, ensure you doctor has expertise and experience in that particular technique.
  • See what has been achieved for other patients. Search the doctor or clinic’s before and after photos which may be found on their website or community-driven websites such as RealSelf. Although each patient is unique, taking a look at cases similar to yours can provide a helpful indication of what that doctor or clinic could do for you.
  • Ensure to read patient reviews and testimonials. These provide a more realistic indication of the journey you could expect with that surgeon or clinic. Patient reviews may be found on the clinic website, and sources such as consumer review sites such as Trustpilot and Google Reviews.
  • Learn about the quality of care and aftercare provided for patients. This may be seen through the clinic website and consumer reviews, testimonials and stories. You may want to find out if aftercare cover is provided, if and how many post-operative care appointments are offered, if you are assigned a patient advisor, and more.
  • Find out if a wide range of liposuction options are available, so you can have peace of mind you will be advised and achieve the best method for you. Several variations of liposuctions can achieve different variations of body contouring and fat removal. These include: Vaser Liposuction, Micro Liposuction, Surgical Liposuction, Vaser Hi-Def, Mid-Def, Vaser 360 Leg contouring and Vaser 4D, which are all available at The Private Clinic.
  • Before making a final decision it is vital to first of all book a face-to-face consultation with the practitioner who will be performing the procedure. Ensure you feel comfortable with the practitioner, are confident in their abilities, safety standards, care and aftercare, and are pleased with their recommendations. Ask to find out if the surgeon or clinic has a bespoke approach and tailors results to each patients.

Why choose The Private Clinic for Liposuction?

Our liposuction team is immensely qualified and experienced, comprising of doctors who have performed thousands of liposuction procedures. In fact, our team have collectively undertaken the most liposuction procedures in the UK. Our team of doctors includes specialists in each of our liposuction treatments from our multi-award winning liposuction portfolio. And our doctors deliver exceptional results for each treatment. See more of the results our doctors have achieved for Vaser Lipo (and variants), Micro Lipo and Surgical Lipo on our website, read our patients reviews, and find out the stories of some of our patients below:

Find out about Alex’s experience with Male Chest Reduction and Vaser Liposuction at The Private Clinic

Read Kyla’s story, who had Vaser Liposuction to target stubborn fat that accumulated in well-known problem areas…

The Private Clinic are dedicated to providing the most comfortable and safest journey for our patients, offering comprehensive care and cover. We offer as many appointments with your doctor/surgeon, and nursing team, as required for 1 year after the procedure. And we provide a 24 hour patient helpline, and one year cover to our patients, for all nursing and surgical and hospital care if required.

See us for a consultation

We offer free consultations with our expert surgeons for Vaser Liposuction and all variants. For micro liposuction and surgical liposuction we offer free consultations with our patient advisors before you see a surgeon. Consultations with surgeons or patient advisors for Vaser Liposuction, Micro and Surgical Liposuction can be arranged via our website or by calling 0333 920 2471.

Our consultations are available at The Private Clinic in Harley Street London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, Buckinghamshire, Northampton, Chelmsford and Milton Keynes.

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Manchester Varicose Veins Clinic Near Me

Varicose veins are large swollen and enlarged veins that are most commonly found on the legs, feet or thighs. They are often lumpy or bulging veins and can be blue or purple in colour. Symptoms of varicose veins can include swollen feet, heavy or uncomfortable legs and general aching in the area.  They caused by when the walls of the vein become stretched and lose their elasticity properties. This causes the valves within your veins to weaken and stop functioning properly causing blood to flow backwards and collect within the vein.  Luckily there are a wide variety of treatments out there to help treat varicose veins and relieve the symptoms associated with them too.

Varicose Vein Clinic Manchester

Varicose vein removal is available at our Manchester clinic with highly experienced Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Mr Ferdinand Serracino-Inglott. We are located in the in Spinningfields district within the central of Manchester and are easily commutable from surrounding town and villages such as Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Hale Barns, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheadle, Alderley Edge, Leigh, Prestbury, Deansgate, Nantwich, Knutsford, Worsley and Tarporley.

How can we treat Varicose Veins?


Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins (EVLA) is the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins. Performed under local anaesthetic, the treatment uses laser heat to collapse the wall of the vein and destroy the cause of the problem.


Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a small scalpel or needle to remove varicose veins that are sitting just beneath the surface of the leg. It is ideal for bulging veins as they are then removed from the body entirely and all symptoms of them are often relieved instantly.


Sclerotherapy is commonly associated with thread veins but it is also a great treatment for smaller varicose veins. There are two types of sclerotherapy, liquid sclerotherapy which is usually reserved for thread veins and foam sclerotherapy which is best for larger varicose veins. The treatment works by injecting the liquid of foam into the varicose vein coating the vein wall. The inflammation that occurs in the vein then pushes the blood out of the area and the sticky substance on the walls then bonds together to eventually close off the vein.


VenaSeal uses medical adhesive to close off troublesome varicose veins. It is often a preferred treatment for those who are not keen on needles as the treatment only requires a single injection per vein. There is no need for tumescent anaesthesia or nerve blocks during a venaseal procedure and in the majority of cases you will not need to wear compression garments post-surgery either meaning you will be able to get back to your daily activities a lot sooner.

Why choose The Private Clinic in Manchester for Varicose Vein Treatment?

  • We are able to offer some of the least invasive method for varicose veins and thread veins for your legs, body and face.
  • No lengthy downtime or recovery required.
  • Our Consultant vascular surgeons are pioneers in EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) and have treated thousands of patients.
  • We focus on the underlying cause of your veins and you will only see a Consultant Vascular surgeon for varicose veins.
  • The NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins findings shows that the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4%.
  • A consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons costs £150, including a free ultrasound scan of your legs (usually priced between £350 and £450 at most clinics and private hospitals).
  • Treatment takes one hour; you can go home shortly after being treated.
  • Owing to our success, we have been featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and TLC’s My Naked Secret
  • We have carried out over 7,000 procedures in treating Veins.

We have treated thousands of patients who have regained their confidence whilst avoiding health issues. Hear from some of our previous patients below;

“Excellent service and treatment I attended the Manchester clinic for the EVLA varicose vein treatment with Mr Inglot. I had a large amount of unsightly veins which caused me discomfort. I was supported throughout the procedure by the clinic staff and Mr Inglot. Although I had a large amount of veins treated my recovery was swift and simpler than I expected and I am delighted with the result. “


“Fantastic experience visited The Private Clinic Manchester recently for EVLA treatment. What a dream to work with caring happy staff and certainly made my experience more relaxed. Very professional care from start to finish. I am so pleased with my outcome and after 2 weeks I feel far more confident and able to wear short skirts for the first time in many years. Massive thankyou .. :)”


For more information about Varicose Veins and Thread Veins click here.

If you would like to arrange a varicose vein consultation with one of our Consultant Vascular Surgeons in Manchester, please call 0333 920 2471 or click here.

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